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Pathogens in cosmetics: how to avoid contaminating your skin care products

Categories: Beauty, Our ProductsNovember 03, 2014 | Posted by Mukti

pathogens in skin careAre you a double-dipper? No, I'm not talking about dipping your rice cracker into the beetroot dip twice. I mean, do you have a habit of double-dipping your finger into a jar of cream to use on your face?

Or worse — have you dipped your finger into a jar of nappy rash cream, smoothed it over your baby's bottom, then dipped it in again? 

Bad idea. Very bad idea.

I raise my hand as the guilty party who has done both of the above. You know those little spatulas you usually get in a jar of skin cream? I'm really good at losing those as soon as I open the jar. Of course, I'm too lazy to buy another one, or to sterilise my hands every time I use some skin cream.

Like a lot of Aussies, "she'll be right" is my motto.

But she will most definitely not be all right, not when it comes to contamination of skin care products. They are the PERFECT breeding ground for: 

Your fingers and hands are dirtier than you think and contamination of your skin care products happens in the blink of an eye. Even if you wash your hands, nasty little germs will still be hiding underneath your fingernails and once they get into your product and begin to multiply, look out.

Pathogens in cosmetics can cause all kinds of health problems: skin and eye infections, strep throat, toxic shock, food poisoning, thrush and a bunch of other nasty stuff.

My ten-month-old baby currently has an infection on the back of his neck, due to my careless use of his organic nappy rash cream.I've been happily double-dipping into it all year with no problem. But then he developed some dry, scaly skin over a birthmark on the back of his neck.

I thought a little of the thick, healing nappy rash cream might do the trick. I applied a little over a few days and now he has a full-blown bacterial infection that has required medical treatment with a super-strong antibiotic ointment.

Many mainstream cosmetics companies use harsh, potentially toxic preservatives like parabens, formaldehyde and triclosan because they know pathogens in cosmetics pose a real danger.

Certified organic skin care companies such as Mukti Organics have to be very careful with our preservation systems, as we don't use the toxic stuff.

Therefore it's important when you use organic skin care products — or any skin care products for that matter — to always have clean hands, always use the spatula provided (or a clean cotton bud) and never double-dip! This is particularly important with jars of cosmetics; tubes keep the contents cleaner for longer.

It's also important to check the use-by date and discard skin care products after they've expired.

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Delores LyonDelores Lyon says:

Jun 20, 2015 08:01am

Thanks for sharing this advice on not getting pathogens though cosmetics. I had no idea that there were so many opportunities for gross things to get into your makeup! Maybe I should look into my skin care creams and see if I need some new stuff. It would definitely be nice to not have to worry about things like mold.


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